4 Ways Americans Can Be as Cool as Canadians Without Crossing the Border

4 Ways Americans Can Be as Cool as Canadians Without Crossing the Border

Take inspiration from our northern neighbors, who are celebrating their country's 150th birthday this year.

By Hilary Sheinbaum

When its uber-hot prime minister makes the cover of Rolling Stone, you know it's time to really think about how cool Canada is. And we're not just talking about hot heads of state: Our northern neighbor has its own flair for food, fashion, and design.

This year is truly special for the country, too, as Canadians celebrate their homeland’s 150th year with events and festivities across the nation. So let's join our Canadian friends in commemorating their momentous occasion, without even traveling north of the border.

1. Drink

David's Tea started in Toronto, but nowadays, the loose-leaf tea shop has expanded to 200 stores in North America. Tea of the North is a special blend of white tea, watermelon, coconut, and rhubarb, available in Canada only, specifically created in celebration of the country’s 150th. The brand’s Oh Canada! variety is a red rooibos tea sweetened with maple syrup and sprinkled with delicious maple leaf candies, and is available everywhere.

2. Dine

The Southern United States has a Northern-inspired restaurant: In Houston, Riel offers Montreal Smoked Meat, $16 and a Montreal Smoked Meat Sando, $8, all year round. It’s no surprise: a Canadian transplant crafts the feasts. Each year, Chef Ryan Lachaine, the resident Canuck from Manitoba, makes a special menu to celebrate Canada Day, which includes Trudeau Punch. (During Hurricane Harvey, the restaurant offered free meals to first responders.)

Or for a fab Canadian dessert, head to Dobbs Ferry, New York, to try a Montreal-inspired sweet at an Italian soul food restaurant. The Cookery serves the classic dish Pudding Chomeur in a Can, drenched in maple syrup. The batter is light and fluffy, and the heated can is opened tableside. For $9, you’ll walk (or roll out) satisfied.

3. Decorate

Design your home like a Canadian: Bloomingdale's serves as a retailer for Huppe, a Canadian furniture manufacturer offering timeless, contemporary designs. The high-end collections include tables, chairs, and more. Available throughout North America, each piece is a bit of an investment, ranging from $525 to $5,200. But look how pretty.

5. Dress

The Montreal-based lifestyle brand sells its winter coats (and all kinds of clothing) for men, women, and kids in stores throughout both Canada and America, and online. Moose Knuckles outerwear ranges in price from $600 to $3,000, depending on the style. And hey, it gets frigid in some parts of America, too.

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